‘KIA rebels with border passes took part in clash with Tatmadaw’

Some rebels from the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) who hold border passes participated in a clash with government troops, the office of Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services said on Thursday.

Some 30 rebels from a combined force of KIA and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) attacked a military column carrying out clearance operation near Namtkut village in Mongko, in Muse district last Monday night (Dec 5). The military column fought back and some soldiers were injured, the state-owned Myawady newspaper reported.

Rakhine conflict ‘to be assessed fairly and transparently’

Fighting in Rakhine State will be assessed fairly and transparently in line with international standards, Vice-President Myint Swe said in a statement by the Investigation Commission issued on Thursday.

The first coordination meeting of the Rakhine State Investigation Commission was held at the Union Government Office in Nay Pyi Taw on Thursday.

MP warned to adhere to rules of Parliament

Kyaw Kyaw Win, who represents Rakhine State Constituency No 8, submitted a proposal to the Upper House on Thursday to keep all ethnic people in Maungdaw district safe from terrorist attacks and to make arrangements to ensure residents are not “invaded” again.

But the proposal was not allowed to be submitted to Parliament.

Mahn Win Khaing Than, Speaker of the Upper House, warned that MPs should not to use words that people may misunderstand.

MPs attack Yangon budget

Yangon Region MPs criticised the regional government’s budget for 2017-18, saying it included unnecessary spending.

Myint Thoung, regional minister for planning and finance, submitted the scheme that asked for over Ks424 billion (US$326 million) spending. A total of 19 MPs said there were unnecessary projects and expenses mentioned in the scheme.

Rakhine MPs attack budget cuts

The central government’s Ks144 billion (US$110 million) budget allocated for Rakhine State for 2017-18 will not be enough for infrastructure development, argued MPs at an emergency state parliamentary meeting.

“Rakhine State is allowed Ks144 billion for the next fiscal year and 24 state departments have to share it. The central government handles budgets for education and health sectors itself. I don’t think the budget is enough to carry out development works which Rakhine State urgently need,” said MP Aung Win of Myebon constituency no.1.

Suu Kyi discusses Rakhine with Indonesia minister

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has received Retno Marsudi, the Indonesian foreign minister, in Nay Pyi Taw, reported the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on December 7.

During her two-day visit, Marsudi visited Suu Kyi at her house in Nay Pyi Taw and will attend a dinner hosted by Suu Kyi.

They reportedly focused on bilateral relations and cooperation, the situation in Rakhine State, Indonesia’s humanitarian aid and health-care services to be provided to the two communities in Rakhine State.